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years ago that the national security agency was tapping chancellor angela merkel's mobile phone. that contradicts reports he told her he was unaware. nhk world's noriko okada has more. >> reporter: the german newspaper is the latest media source to publish details of how the u.s. spied on german chancellor angela merkel. it spoke to a u.s. intelligence worker involved in the operation. it says that person revealed the head of the national security agency informed the president obama in person about the surveillance in 2010. the paper quoted the source as saying obama did not stop the operation. nearly a week ago, german government officials said u.s. intelligence agency may have monitored merkel's mobile phone. she called the president to demand an explanation. >> translator: i told him that tapping is a clear violation of law. >> reporter: president obama has been denying he knew about the operation. his press secretary is appealing for calm. >> the president assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring, and will not monitor the communications of the chancell
as more spying allegations are come to go light. "el mundo" report that national security agency spied there as well. they will now summon an explanation. it comes as an european delegation is visiting the u.s. >> reporter: erica ferrari has more. >> reporter: a nine member of european lawmakers will be in washington this week seeking sense. they'll meet with u.s. government and intelligence officials overall gas stations of widespread spying by the national security agency against e.u. leaders. allegations that president obama approved spying on german chancellor angela merkel. >> i can tell you that the president assured the chancellor that the u.s. is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancell chancellor. >> reporter: and it's not just the european who is are upset. over the weekend thousands marched on washington to express their outrage. >> we're against mass surveillance and i'm truly honored to speak for all whistle blowers. >> reporter: the allegations threaten to disrupt foreign policies with u.s. allies. >> i think the revelation from snowdon and t
" says the u.s. national security agency and the central intelligence agency used a joint program called the special collections service. the magazine report says agents installed about 80 high-performance antennas to capture records of mobile phone, online, and satellite communications. the article mentions 80 locations. 19 of them are in europe. the targets were allegedly classified into a five-scale list that was reviewed every 18 months by the staff of the white house and the secret services. >>> international experts overseeing chemical weapons in syria may have missed a deadline. the inspectors arrived at the beginning of the month. they had been checking 23 facilities used to store chemical agents. they've been negotiating to get into those facilities. officials with the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons haven't said how the inspectors did it on sunday or whether they met their goal. the syrian government has met one of their deadlines. and they plan to destroy the arsenal. experts will spend the next few weeks drawing up their own plans. they hope to dispose of
as new spying revelations come to light. el mundo reported that the national security agency spied on 60 million phone conversations there alone. it comes as an european delegation now visiting the u.s. al jazeera now join us from the white house. how has the white house responded to these latest allegations of spying on world leaders. >> reporter: as far as the latest allegations on the spanish, the millions of spanish who have been monitored by the nsa, nothing yet. we have a briefing coming up in an hour or so where we expect questions to be asked. as far as previous allegations we have an anonymous leak to the wall street journal saying that president obama knew nothing about this until this summer when he had an internal review--there wasn't an internal review, he found about it then and immediately put a stop to the spying on german chancellor angela merkel. but other reports say that he knew about the surveillance of angela merkel in 2010. there have been rumbles of how the european governments could be careful because edward snowden may have information about how much cooperation
of protests over surveillance by the u.s. national security agency. spain joins france, germany, brazil and mexico. last week, we told you that the german head of government, angela merkel, called president obama to tell him to stop listening to her cell phone. late today, the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, dianne feinstein, said she is "totally opposed to spying on allies." well, no eavesdropping was required for u.s. officials to get an earful from european representatives in washington today. here's state department correspondent margaret brennan. >> reporter: members of the european parliament arrived for a closed-door meeting with house intelligence committee chairman mike rogers this morning. but the explanation they got did not satisfy germany's elmar brok who said the wiretapping of angela merkel's phone was a criminal act. >> if we have the feeling that your closest allies are spying on you, it's difficult to talk to such an ally in an open way anymore and i think we have to make a clear distinction between fighting together terrorism but not spying on friends
by the national security agency. here is abc news reporter chuck sievertson. >> a german newspaper said president obama learned in 2010 that the national security agency was eavesdropping on the cell phone of the german chancellor and the paper says mr. obama ordered the program be escalated. in a written statement on sunday the nsa denied president obama had such knowledge. it is the latest bomb shell allegation in the document dump from edward snowden. there were reports that the u.s. was tapping merkel's phone and she called talking about a grave breech of trust. >> the president assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor. >> still, the white house did not deny previous spying. another german publication is reporting that the u.s. embassy in berlin houses a secret listening post spying on german officials it business leaders. this after reports the nsa monitored70 million phone calls in france in less than a month. mexico and brazil are investigating whether their own high ranking officials were spied on by the nsa
as broad. the wall street journal reports the national security agency ended a program that spied on as many as 35 world leaders after the white house ordered an internal review over the summer. senior officials say several programs have already been shutdown and others are expected to be closed at a later date. the report also states president obama spent nearly five years in office in the dark, unaware of the nsa's practices overseas. officials say the targets of these programs are not typically decided by the president but by the agency. yesterday congressman peter king defended the nsa's programs saying they should be viewed as a positive thing for everyone involved. >> the president should stop apologizing and stop being defensive. the reality is the nsa saved thousands of lives. not just the united states but also in france and germany and throughout europe. we're not doing it for the fun of it. this is to gather valuable intelligence which helps not just us but the europeans. >> with the government shutdown behind us and the fight of obama care still going the republican pa
revelations of u.s. surveillance programs by the national security agency. here is abc news reporter chuck sievertson. >> a german newspaper said president obama learned in 2010 that the national security agency was eavesdropping on the cell phone of the german chancellor and the paper says mr. obama ordered the program be escalated. in a written statement on sunday the nsa denied president obama had such knowledge. it is the latest bomb shell allegation in the document dump from edward snowden. there were reports that the u.s. was tapping merkel's phone and she called talking about a grave breech of trust. >> the president assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor. >> still, the white house did not deny previous spying. another german publication is reporting that the u.s. embassy in berlin houses secret lis secret listening post spying on german officials it business leaders. this after reports the nsa monitored70 million phone calls in france in less than a month. mexico and brazil are investigating whether
reports the national security agency monitored 60 million phone calls, text messages and emails of spanish citizens. the nsa says barack obama did not know that angela merkel's phone was tapped. german media reported that the u.s. president was informed in 2010 about the phone monitoring. a reporter said the u.s. president must have known the phone tapping was going on. >> this is exactly the kind of intelligence that almost certainly is included in daily intelligence briefs to the president, which, of course, are, you know, the things that are most interesting to the political leadership of this country. so that's why i think that it would be highly unlikely that the president would not have been informed about the fact that the prime minister was being monitored in that way. and that certain tied bits of intelligence must certainly have been - made their way into the oval office in that fashion. this is a serious problem politically for the united states with germany, because of the particular sensitivityies of the german political system, because, of course, the stasi's role in privacy
knife at the scene. >>> there are reports today that national security agency may have been monitoring he cell phone of the german chancellor for ten years. she complained about the tapping of her phone. this is more of the fallout by documents released bidded a ward snowden. one u.s. politician doesn't see a problem. >> the reality is the nsa has saved thousands of lives, not just in the united states but also in france and germany and throughout europe. and the french are someone to talk. the fact is they have had spying operations against the united states, both the government and industry. >> president obama told merkel the u.s. is not and will not tap her phone, but he did not say it never happened. >>> meanwhile, southern california congressman darryl issa had tough words today over problems with the federal healthcare.gov web site. issa called for the resignation of health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius if she is not able to get the site running smoothly soon. he delivered the comments on "face the nation" this morning. >>> california's livestock population. why
of spying activities. the national security agency monitored calls of 35 world leaders. the allegations come in documents leaked by edward snowden, former nsa contractor. >> i think the revelations from snowden and the secrets that have been revealed are doing significant damage to the bilateral relationships. >> the reality is the nsa saved thousands of lives, in france and germany and throughout europe. >> now, they began in 2002 and president obama was made aware of it in 2010. the nsa denies the president knew anything. >>> the troubled healthcare.gov web site is up and running. a spokes woman says visitors were unable to access the web site last night because of the a failure of service provided by verizon. and >> i know they've called in another privatentity to try to help with the security of it. the problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system. the way the system is designed, it is not secure. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sabilias addressed concerns in a block post the published on saturday. she says healthcare.gov does not retain information. >>> and a
a spanish newspaper record that claims the national security agency monitored tens of millions of phone calls there. once again the white house is on the defensive about perhaps which have caused a rift with its alleys. this starts our coverage. >> another day, another embarrassment, another american ambassador simmondsed to see angry european -- sum oned to see angry utep officials. >> the newspaper on monday revealed large scale american intelligence gathering in spain. as many as 60 million phone alls scooped up in one month alone. they met congressional leaders in washington to discuss the surveillance. >> many of my colleagues are angry and disturbed that friends are spying are friend. you have to register the anger of my german colleagues and others who don't feel that should be the case. >> the revelations keep coming, and they are acutely embarrassing for washington. there is already a review of the way in which intelligence my be gathered. but the administration is quick to defend the need for large-scale intelligence gathering. >> the work that is being done here saves lives a
. they called in the u.s. ambassador to complain. they indicate that the national security agency collected data from 16 million spanish phone calls in a single month. >>> a drop despite strong iphone sales. they reported a profit of $7.5 billion or $8.26 a share. they had $37.5 billion. that was helped in part by iphones during the quarter. >>> consumer reports 2013 reliability ratings are out. toyota's lexus the most reliable in the survey. and gm's gmc coming in 9th overall. it revoked its recommendations for the camry, raf 4 and prius because of low crash test scores. >>> the sierra received several inches of snow and more is expected later today. changes overnight. by this afternoon the chain checkpoints removed. they are warning drivers to be cautious after reporting several spinouts and a jackknifed big rig. >> check on the numbers in tahoe. up to 8 inches of snow. as of right now. there is more snow on the way. wind gusts around here. 54miles an hour on the great highway. that is ocean beach. you have blowing stand across the great highway. that can cause a lot of trouble driving back an
of the national security agency. the problem that japan has is that it is currently illegal to spy or use crop on internet traffic. it is simply against their constitution. i am pretty sure the japanese government would like to cooperate more closely with the united states on these sorts of things as they have their own problems with china, but at the moment it is legally impossible. >> that is the view in tokyo, what about the allegations in spain, 60 million calls monitored in one month alone. tom, what is the root of the source of these claims? >> the information came out from the journalist glenn greenwald, responsible for linking the story about edward snowden, information that was published in him window this morning -- in undo" newspaper this morning. interesting that the monitoring activity according to these peaked on the 11th of december and that there was a lull in the activity around christmas. coming on the day that the spanish and u.s. ambassador was summoned by the french government. he met this morning with a minister in the foreign ministry and the spanish capital. no reaction
. the national security agency is denying that president obama was told in 2010 of spying on germ man chancellor. the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee calls the report 100% wrong and said the leaked information is being misinterpreted. all the spying comes from documents taken from edward snowden. >>> the healthcare reform website takes another hit this weekend. the glitch sunday is linked to a data services hub that went down. the network failure impacted other government websites as well. the white house is blaming an outside contractor for the glitch, held secretary was expected to testify this week about the problems plaguing the online healthcare site. >> the federal government is granting $19 million in aide to maryland communities hit hard by superstorm sandy. one year ago tomorrow, the storm originally a hurricane, slammed into the east coast. property damage here was mainly centered on the lower eastern shore. the money can be used for damaged housing and infrastructure as well as economic developments. >>> and what a difference a year can make. we have a bright
of the national security agency is denying reports that he discussed operations involving merkel with president obama. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. you know, many here seem unfazed by word of this kind of monitoring. one congressman hinted that the reaction is simply because the information is now out in the public realm, but this european delegation is here, they will be meeting with white house officials, and one big question is what did president obama know and when. a european union delegation is in d.c. this morning to meet with white house aides and members of congress. they're expressing outrage at reports the nsa has been eavesdropping on as many as 35 world leaders. >> i think we have repair work to do, and i think we have hard questions we need to ask of the nsa about what's really happening in this program. >> reporter: the visit comes on the heels of a german newspaper which says the u.s. listened in on angel a merkel's phone calls since 1992. the obama administration denies it saying news reports claiming otherwise are not true
gave rebirth to the national security agency as a technological cyclops. the nsa grows stronger as it collects more of our personal information. the u.s. constitution grows weaker. today we gather to restore those freedoms, repeal the patriot act, abolish the nsa. [applause] today we gather not as partisans, but as americans. we know the monstrous national security state is a product not of a single party but a system of government that today bears no resemblance to the lofty goals of america's founders. this system has produced policies that are a concoction of lies that have fooled no one, lies that took us into iraq, afghanistan, libya, lies that put the drones over the skies in many countries, telling us that in the name of security we must give up our liberty. the state has become like a leviathan, unaccountable to anyone, slaying dragons abroad while crushing individual rights and freedoms here at home. as the government claims falsely to be fighting for democracy abroad, we are truly losing our democracy here at home, and that is not acceptable. [applause] in the name of
government stops watching us. >> former national security agency whistleblower, strake speaking saturday at the stop watching us rally. he was charged with espionage after he was suspected of revealing information about the agency's warrantless wiretapping program. original charges against him were dropped. former republican governor of new mexico gary johnson also addressed the crowd. >> the government has granted itself power that it does not have. [applause] we have to stand against this. forla merkel, thank you bringing attention to the world that the u.s. is monitoring the .ell phones of 35 world leaders thank you for allowing us to recognize that 70 million cell phone conversations in france every month are being monitored. edward snowden, thank you -- [applause] thank you for bringing to the attention of the world the fact the u.s. government, the nsa is engaged in massive information gathering. 125 billion cell phone conversations a month. judge's granting legal authority 113the nsa to monitor million verizon users. this is not due process. >> former republican governor of new me
european country ticked off at the u.s., specifically the national security agency, and today, it was our ally in madrid. the spanish secretary of state for the european union summoning our ambassador for a dressing-down over recent published allegations they national security agency collected data from 60 million phone calls in spain within a 30-day period last year. afterward, the country's foreign mill -- minister explained the stakes for the session. >> question asked the ambassador that he facilitates to the government all the necessary information about these concerns. which the event they are confirmed would mean a rupture in the climate of confidence which traditionally existed in the relations between our two countries. >> president obama mostly deflects dueling reports assaulting the president knew about the spying on german chancellor angela merkel three years ago and greenlighted it to continue. another report saying that mr. obama was kept in the dark about the spying on merkel for five years before learning of is this summer and oring an end to it. jay corney would not comme
. sandusky was convicted last year of 45 counts of sexual abuse. >>> national security agency spying practices is not letting up tonight. the u.s. ambassador to spain was summoned to the foreign ministry in madrid, to answer new eavesdropping allegations. danielle nottingham has more from washington. >> reporter: a delegation of european diplomats arrived on capitol hill, hoping to limit u.s. spying on their leaders. >> i think we have to make a clear distinction between fighting together terrorism, but not spying on friends. >> reporter: former national security agency contractor edward snowden leaked documents revealing the u.s. tapped german chancellor awningle -- angella merkel's cell phone. president obama steered clear of the controversy, as he helped swear in his new fbi director. but the white house is saying, u.s. intelligence gather suggest under review. >> the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can, but because we should. >> reporter: besides being embarrassing, spying on allies could have economic cons
is the nationaling security agency informant claims that barack obama new that they were monitoring angela merkel in 2010. a contradiction to reports that he told her that he had no idea about the bugging. in spain in newspaper has reported that they have collected data from 60 million phone calls from one month and 2012. the information comes from documents recovered from edward snowden. on it goes. japanese media reported that the nsa asked the japanese government to help monitor communication tables linking the asia-pacific region, however tokyo refused. german politicians are demanding that they should abandon trade negotiations, at least until the issue is resolved. our tokyos correspondent responding to the claims that the national security agency and the u.s. wanted access to japanese optical fiber cables. >> this is an unnamed source, so we do not know the veracity, but it is from a reputable news , usually a reliable source of information that has had good contacts inside the japanese government. it is plausible that the report is true, saying that in 2011 the nsa, the american intellige
, the problem is we're not getting the full story out of the national security agency. if they had been simply running through spanish calls looking for particular terrorists over the course of a month, 60 million called is no big deal. it's almost acceptable. i think the shock for most people is that the united states allowed this to be leaked out in documented. that's what the french and germans and spanish are reacting to. now as for listening, to heads of state, that's something else. and frankly it would be highly unusual for the national security agency to monitor the chancellor of germany's phone and not tell the president early on. that would be completely opposite standard operating procedure. >> and that's what the "the wall street journal" is saying this morning citing several sources that the president wasn't notified of this. you have called this the worst damage to u.s. intelligence in 30 or 40 years. with a it worth it? >> absolutely not. look, the national security agency, i depended upon it for my entire career. it's got brilliant information when it comes to counterterrorism.
allowed to be reconnected to flow at lower pressure. a report of alleged national security agency eavesdropping. a spanish newspaper said the n.s.a. tapped into 60 million phone calls in spain in one month. this is a week a similar reports of spying by the united states in san francisco and germany. the white house is reviewing the way america gathers intelligence to account for the security concerns of united states citizens and allies. the "wall street journal" reports that the white house cut off monitoring programs after learning of them including the one that was tracking german chancellor merkel. >> we are continue to follow breaking news. a driveway death in the south bay involving an s.u.v. >> a sleep in with a mission in a popular san francisco park tonight. so before the first sneeze help protect with a spray before the first tissue help defend with a wipe. and help prevent with lysol to get 10x more protection with each hand wash and kill 99.9% of germs around the house. this season, go beyond cleaning to help protect your family with lysol. start healthing. imagine a p
spokesperson, says, general alexander, head of the national security agency did not discuss with president obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving chancellor merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations chancellor merkel. the president reportedly apologized to merkel who grew up in east germany under the eyes and ears of the sassi. he said he would have stopped the bugging if he had known about it. lawmakers say new leaks from edward snowden about the u.s. intercepting phone calls from other officials are really hurting relations. >> i think the revelations from snowden and the secrets that have been revealed are doing significant damage to our bilateral relationships with germany, with mexico, with the other countries where the suggestion is that we have listened in. so i think we have repair work to do. bill: brazil's president canceled a state visit over nsa leaks that indicated her phone calls had been listened to. bill? bill: what is the white house going to respond to or how will it respond now to these leaks, wendell? >> reporter: as they dribble ou
're watching "worldwide exchange." >>> the national security agency has denied that president barack obama was told that he was spying on the phone of angela merkel. they claim the president was informed by the nsa chief in 2010 that it had bugged the phone of the chancellor and he didn't stop the operation because he didn't trust her. trust her with what? annette has the information. i've always assumed, annette, that we're all spying on each other. we have this big listening post called gchq and what is it there for if not to listen to people. the mistake the u.s. made was they wrote it on paper. once you have a record of it, you have to complain. >> that's true. the german constitution states that the u.s. secret service agencies are allowed to spy on german soil and they, as well, might be allowed to spy on angela merkel. so everybody who is now screaming that's against the law might not really be right. but let me reiterate what we are as well having in terms of reports coming out from the wall street journal. they are saying that president obama was informed about the spying on angel
security agency monitored millions of phone calls, text messages and e-mails of spanish citizens and earlier nsa said the country's president barack obama had no idea that merkel's phone was being tapped. and media have reported that obama was informed about the phone monitoring in 2010 and the union delegations expect to be member of congress to express its concerns over the u.s. spying program. in washington they are not happy so let's talk about that joining us on skype in a college in london. this is a bit of bluster and won't change and knew it was happening anyway. >> the government official claims to be shocked, shocked that they are running a gambling casino and taking kickbacks at the same time. there is no doubt about it european leaders are aware that the u.s. engages in this work. many european spy agencies work alongside the nsa, dch q in the uk for example and there is no doubt there is bluff and bluster that you refer to it as and a lot of posturing going on for public consumption. >>> it's merkel's phone and reaches right to the heart of government and is that int
alleged national security agency eavesdropping. a spanish newspaper has published a document that shows the n.s.a. tapped into more than 60 million phone calls in spain in a month a week after similar reports of united states spying in france and germany. officials say the white house is reviewing the way america gathers intelligence to account for the security concerns. the white house cut off monitoring programs after learning of them including the one tracking german chancellor merkel. >> homeless advocates will stage a sleep in, in the mission district protesting the proposal to close the city parks at night. currently, san francisco's $220 parks are open all night but he is pushing a measure 20 close the parks between midnight and 5:00, the only way to prevent an estimated $1 million a year loss from vandalism and illegal dumping. opponents say it will criminalize homelessness. >> it has been breezy. with have this each fall. right when the leaves are peaking. there could be newspapers or trash blowing around in your log, that is the kind of night it was. still tracking the isolate
in the u.k. has been overshadowed by reports of spying by america's national security agency. according to nsa leaker eric snowden, there has been eavesdropping. the e.u. envoy will arrive in washington. >> reporter: that's right, they'll be joined by members of congress, think tanks and telephone companies to discuss the surveillance of citizens. this is a delegation that had been organized some months ago. the european parliament had set up an inquiry as a result of the news from eric snowden. we are expecting some sort of emergency delegation of intelligence officials from both germany and france to washington in the next few days to have talks, but we're not sure when that is going to happen. as for whether they're going to get any joy through congress we heard that europe should be grateful for the surveillance, it's keeping europe safe. we're not sure what you all are complaining about. >> they have also said that the french and the germans spy on the usa so don't be surprised we do it to you. this is quite interesting. angela merkel, apparently she has been bugged, if you like, f
of the globe many has been flying around first it was spain the newspaper reports our national security agency spied on more than 60 million paul calls? in just one month last year? this comes on the heels of allegations that the beloved nsa push the boundaries to spy on france and also german chancellor sulfone. -- cellphone now to try the country wall spend less on business travel spending money spent on china business travel is expected to jump 14% this year in an 17% next year. almost all of those will be in asia self korea hong kong and singapore as the top destination america will be number eight top spot for chinese business travelers. also dealing with a sagging sales at home, a consumption is at the weakest level. wine consumption according to the biggest blame going to the economic downturn and they have to look for more customers abroad. more than 50% of italian wine is exported up from 28% in 2000. the biggest buyers are the u.s. and germany. are they drinking lessor are we drinking more? the anticipated earnings are out of the call is still going on but apple responded to question
on friends. >> reporter: former national security agency contractor, edward snowden, leaked documents, revealing that the u.s. tapped german chancellor angla merkel's private cell phone. president obama steered clear of the controversy, as he helped swear in his new fbi director. but the white house is saying u.s. intelligence gathering is under review. >> the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can but because we should. >> reporter: besides being embarrassing, spying on allies could have economic consequences, as washington works to negotiate a major trade deal with the european union. >> reporter: former state department analyst james louis said the u.s. won't stop the program because in a post-9/11 world, the information is too valuable. >> this makes us safer. less surveillance means more successful attacks. >> reporter: the white house hopes to complete its surveillance review by the end. year. danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> some u.s. lawmakers are defending spying practices. they argued places l
at the level of the national security agency and the way the protocols are set up at this point, that's sort of where the line of information would stop. there isn't necessarily a reason why they would tell the white house there's no protocol that insists that they do. and in the case of the monitoring the chancellor merkel and some 35 other leaders, nsa hadn't brought it to the white house's attention. >> the dates are significant because the monitoring dates go back to 2002 on angela merkel, which also would explain from the officials quoted here why the president would not be brought into the loop on this. as bizarre as that sounds to some people. >> at what level it sounds a little odd. you could see a situation where a program starts as far back as 2002 and keeps -- nsa is a very large organization with incredibly monitoring surveillance programs and these things kind of have -- unless someone puts a stop to them. >> many are processing what this means to the world and the u.s. reputation as we know european leaders are quite angry over these revelations. i want to play with european pa
security agency contractor edward snowden released documents that revealed that the u.s. had tapped german canc lor angela merkel's cell phone. president obama steered clear of the controversy, as he helped swear in his new fbi director. but the white house is saying u.s. intelligence gathering is under review. >> the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can but because we should. >> reporter: besides being embarrassing, spying on allies could have economic consequences, as washington works to negotiate a major trade deal with the european union. >> reporter: former state department analyst, james louis says the u.s. won't stop the program because in a post 9/11 world, the information is too valuable. >> this makes us safer. less surveillance means more successful attacks. >> reporter: the white house hopes to complete its veview by the end of the year. >> danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> some u.s. lawmakers are defending spying practices. they argue places such as france are safer because of the nsa's surveil
to tell me the national security agency had the power to spy on whomever they pleased and may have taken advantage of that power? >> you can bet nsa surveillance will be a topic of conversation when they meet with secretary of state john kerry in the oval office. a delegation of european participate parliament officials met with mike rogers to discuss reports that the u.s. is collecting data from their citizens and spied on world leaders from 35 different countries, including the personal cell phone the german angela merkel for more than a decade. the nsa went on record to say that the president did not know about it. it makes me feel worse actually. the president has been forced to apologize not only to merkel but france's president and brazil's president. the eu is threatening to cancel pending trade talks. thanks, edward snowden, we appreciate it. let's spin. there's a lot of directions to go. one of the dynamic that's really interesting, to consider president obama's position here, i think we've all been trying to figure out where exactly he stands. he's been hawkish in some ways and
that the national security agency tapped the phones or intercepted messages from the leaders of 35 countries. that includes a lot of the u.s. allies. >> a lot of people are offended. brazil and mexico lodging complaints about the u.s., spying on them. in europe, friends including germany, france and spain, they're furious. a spanish newspaper reporting today that the nsa scanned 60 million phone calls in spain. get this, in a period of one month, be december last year to january. >> we've got correspondents around the world covering the blowback that is facing the united states. first up, want to check in reaction from spain where as we said, the claim 60 million intercepts. al goodman is joining us from madrid. >> reporter: suzanne, there is the spanish government summoned the u.s. ambassador to madrid to give an explanation. that happened earlier. afterwards, the spanish foreign ministry issued a statement warning washington there has to be a balance between security and the right of the citizens to have privacy. so there is in their communications so there is a warning shot across the bow
.s. ambassador i had intimate knowledge of some of the things that the national security agency was doing, so let's at least understand several things. the nsa will vacuum up anything and everything they can get their hands on because no one, no one other than the president and his top national security adviser, can tell them not to do something, so that's point one. point two, the damage that has been done to american economic interests as a result of this revelation is as important as the foreign policy consequences, because what european company will want to use american networking capacity and other types of computer technologies as a result of this. finally, one other thing. i'm really embarrassed for this white house. i feel awfully sorry for the president because this is basically going to undermine the -- our transatlantic alliance for many years to come, just at a time when we're negotiating an iran agreement. where our european allies are so important to us. >> meanwhile there are some republican leaders coming out, republican congressman peter king defending the u.s. spying on world le
down and the word gets back to washington in realtime at the national security agency or national security desk, why didn't we try to send somebody from somewhere? what happened? >> hi, chris. i think people need to understand this is a situation where as much as the people on the ground working with the state department in libya knew that the threat was there and requested security, the state department just wasn't prepared to deal with this situation. and by being prepared, you have a list of things that when something goes wrong like this you go down that list and make certain phone calls and notify certain people. and that just wasn't the case. they had numbers from the d.o.d. that had expired. then you run into a situation where these agencies, the cia, the state department, and the military don't necessarily talk to each other and are in communications as much as you'd think. >> you know, as an american that doesn't work for me. the president, the security agency people are sitting in the white house. they're getting an instantaneous report of what's going on there. what wer
allegations of national security agency has been spying on them. early early i spoke with the former u.s. ambassador to nato about whether the reaction is for their people or if it is personal. >> i don't think we should discount the personal feeling of violation that someone like chancellor merkel has. when she realizes it's her very own cell phone that she has in her hand that's being listened to. i can see that there is a personnelment to this and a genuine reaction, but from the establishments in european governments a lot of this is for public con zukauskus. the publics are upset so the government needs to show that they are upset. and it's also convenient for the government to his deflect everything towards blaming the united states rather than having anyone scrutinize what they do. >> let's zero in on chancellor merkel an al annal an ali. how much is going to need to be done for her to be satisfied? what has to happen? what left of the transparency -- does she want to know what do you have? toll at that time? >> i wouldn't say that each and every communication is asking for too
for the european union after published reports suggested the national security agency collected data from 60 million phone calls in spain across a 30-day period last year. >> translator: for the moment spain has no formal grounds to believe there was a case of spying in our country. nevertheless, the magnitude of this information which was revealed brought us to request immediately the corresponding clarifications. >> reporter: meantime the german tabloid reported nsa chief, jen keith alexander, personally briefed president obama in 2010 on his agency's targeting of the cell phone of german chancellor angela merkel. the spokesperson said general alexander did not discuss with president obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving german chancellor merkel, nor has he ever discussed allegationed operations involving merkel. news reports claiming otherwise are not true. reported, mr. obama was kept in the dark about the merkel surveillance for nearly five years until this summer when he ordered it stopped. >> the president didn't know about -- >> reporter: general alexander
more disclosures linked to the national security agency. newshour correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage. >> in madrid the u.s. ambassador to spain james crossoes ignored shouted questions about how his meeting at the foreign ministry went. he had been summoned after the newspaper el mundo reported the nsa tracked more than 60 million phone calls in spain just from december 2012 to january 2013. meanwhile in washington members of the european parliament met with the house intelligence committee on u.s. surveillance. >> it's just about trust. for the european union to restore this trust to make sense of why the nsa surveillance was necessary, why it's so disproportionate. >> there have already been revelations that the nsa collected the phone call gait of french and german citizens and of ger pan chancellor angela merkel. over the weekend the german newspaper said merkel's phone was monitored as early as 2002. and another german paper said president obama was briefed about the effort in 2010, much earlier than previously reported. the nsa denied mr. obama was briefed that far bac
following a bashlash over reports the national security agency has tracked phone calls of dozens of world leaders. >> we recognize there need to be additional constraints how we gather and use intelligence. and it's in the context of this dynamic technology environment that the president has directed us to review our surveillance capabilities. >> one report from a german tabloid indicated that president obama knew that the nsa was tapping the phone of the german chance explore he allowed it to continue, again, german tabloid, a spokeswoman for the agency says that is simply not true. and "the wall street journal" reports the nsa stop monitoring chancellor merkel and other leaders after a white house review uncovered the operations. "the wall street journal" again. meanwhile, a state department spokeswoman says our ambassador to spain met with officials there to discuss reports that the nsa tracked more than 60 million phone calls in that country in one month. dana perino was the press secretary under george w. bush, the 43rd, president bush, 43, and this was happening under bush 43rd. >>
the national security agency spying scandal, for want of a better word. all this news that the u.s. conducted surveillance on our own allies. some of the documents posted by or leaked by edward snowden to the media indicate that these programs started in 2002. why spy on an ally? >> jake, if there were such a program, it would be classified and i couldn't talk about it. it would be totally inappropriate, and i haven't been in the loop now obviously for more than four years. so it's just one of those subjects i couldn't discuss. >> without getting specific, on a theoretical basis, what is the interest of the united states in conducting surveillance on a country who is a clear ally of the united states? >> i've got to go with the answer i have given you. let me say this. we do have a fantastic intelligence capability worldwide against all kinds of potential issues and concerns. we are vulnerable, as was shown on 9/11, and you never know what you're going to need when you need it. the fact is, we do collect a lot of intelligence and without speaking about any particular target or group of target
security agency contractor edward snowden leaked documents revealing the u.s. capped german chancellor angela merkel's cell phone and eavesdropped on more than 60 million private conversations in spain in just one month. president obama steered clear of the controversy as he helped swear in his new fbi director, but the white house is saying u.s. intelligence gathering is under review. >> the president clearly feels strongly about making sure that we are not just collecting information because we can, but because we should. >> reporter: besides being embarrassing spying on allies could have economic consequences as washington works to negotiate a major trade deal with the european union. former state department analyst james lewis says the u.s. won't stop the program because in a post 9/11 world the information is too valuable. >> this makes us safer. less surveillance means more successful attacks. >> reporter: the white house hopes to complete its surveillance review by the end of the year. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >> the head of the health and intelligence commi
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